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Surveillance Legislation
4:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Privacy Versus Public Safety

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Since 9/11, police have been given greater freedom to spy on citizens and to limit civil liberties, presumably to assure public safety, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia thinks they’ve gone too far and is fighting back with several bills in Richmond. 

Sitting outside the General Assembly between committee hearings this week, the executive director of Virginia’s Civil Liberties Union lamented what she sees as a dangerous loss of privacy in this country. 

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Allegations of Racial Discrimination
4:26 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Former VA McDonald's Workers File Civil Rights Lawsuit

Some former workers at three McDonald’s restaurants in South Boston and Clarkesville have filed a federal civil rights  lawsuit against the chain and one of its franchises. 

The ten former workers , nine are African American, one is Hispanic,  allege supervisors subjected them to racial and sexual harassment. 

Rev. Kevin Chandler, president of the South Boston Halifax Chapter of the NAACP says his organization is backing the lawsuit.

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Law & Crime
8:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Outdated Trafficking Laws Could Soon Be Reformed

Virginia lawmakers say while they ARE crafting more laws to nab sex traffickers, the perpetrators they label as "evil" are getting more aggressive and elusive—which is why it's time to create one standalone statute to be able to prosecute the traffickers. 

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Environment
4:25 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Stadium Woods Stewardship

A plan is in the works for the future of an old growth forest on the Virginia Tech Campus known as Stadium Woods.  Advocates are pleased, but remain concerned about exactly what that plan will look like.

The 300 year old remnant of a white Oak forest, today known as Stadium Woods, is sandwiched between Lane Stadium and other campus buildings and this has seemed to pit two passions against each other; the enthusiasm for sports and the high traffic that goes with it -- and the fervor to preserve what may be the only forest of its kind in the country, albeit a tiny one.

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Atlantic Coast Project
2:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Augusta Expo Attracts Pipeline Backers & Opponents

Dominion wrapped up a dozen public open houses this week – events designed to explain a natural gas pipeline it hopes to build from the fracking fields of West Virginia to markets in Virginia and North Carolina. 

The road to the Augusta Expo Center was lined with lawn signs – some reading Protect Our Water – No Pipeline, and No Pipeline on our Farms and Forests, while other signs promised Safe Energy, Energy Jobs and Energy Independence.  Inside, however, there appeared to be consensus.

"No pipeline!  No pipeline!"

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